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YWCA Alaska/BP Women of Achievement Awards & Purse Auction

The Women of Achievement Awards and Purse Auction is an annual evening soiree that honors ten Alaskan women who have demonstrated qualities of leadership and excellence in their professional and personal endeavors as well as their contributions to the larger community.  In conjunction with the Women of Achievement Awards ceremony, the YWCA holds a Purse Auction to raise support for its programs that work to empower women and eliminate racism. The annual awards ceremony and auction is held at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts, Discovery Theater. The silent auction before the Women of Achievement Awards program is a fun event with hundreds of new and used handbags including a selection of designer purses. All proceeds from the auction go to benefit the programs of YWCA Alaska.

Women of Achievement 2015 Sponsorships Open!

Please join us in publicly supporting outstanding women in our community by becoming a Women of Achievement Sponsor! Below is a chart of our sponsorship levels and a form you can fill out to sponsor directly through our website. If you would like to inquire about our sponsorship opportunities, please contact Darlena Fritzler at 644.9603 or email at

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Women of Achievement Sponsorship Form

Sponsors receive 8 tickets per sponsorship. Please remember to ask each of your 8 ticket holders to complete the Gold Pre-Registration Form. Guests who complete the Gold Form in its entirety will be admitted to the event through the Women of Achievement EXPRESS LINE.
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2015 Nominations are now Open! 

Know an outstanding woman in the community you would like to nominate? Please fill out one of the forms below. All nomination packets are due by 5pm, July 15th.

Word: WOA 2015 Nomination Form

PDF: WOA 2015 Nomination Form


2015 Sponsorship Forms

Sponsorship Forms are posted below.

2015 WOA Sponsorship Form


2014 Women of Achievement

2014 ADN WOA Belinda V. Breaux

2014 ADN WOA Karen Cowart

2014 ADN WOA Diane DiSanto

2014 ADN WOA Elvi Gray-Jackson

2014 ADN WOA Aurora Johnson

2014 ADN WOA Natasa Masanovic

2014 ADN WOA US Senator Lisa Murkowski

2014 ADN WOA Phyllis Marie Rhodes

2014 ADN WOA Gail R. Schubert

2014 ADN WOA Kate Swalling Slyker

2014 ADN WOA.Arliss Sturgulewski Awardee Ruth Sheridan


Past Women of Achievement Awardees

A complete list of the Women of Achievement Awardees for the last 25 years: WOA History of Winners

For a look at the 2012 Women of Achievement Awards YWCA Flash Mob: CLICK HERE


2014 Women of Achievement Sponsors

Signature Sponsor – bp_logo1

Induction Ceremony Sponsor –

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Diamond Sponsors –

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Platinum Sponsors –


Gold Sponsors –

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Peak logo

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Silver Sponsors –

  • Allison and Joseph Fong
  • Alyeska Pipeline Service Company
  • Anchorage Sand and Gravel
  • Bering Straits Native Corporation
  • Birch, Horton Bittner & Cherot
  • Breaux Leadership Solutions
  • Bristol Bay Native Corporation
  • ChemTrack Alaska
  • Chugach Alaska Corporation
  • ConocoPhillips Alaska, Inc.
  • Cook Inlet Housing Authority
  • Cook Inlet Tribal Council
  • Covenant House
  • Credit Union 1
  • Doyon Limited
  • Enstar Natural Gas Company
  • Fairweather LLC
  • Guess & Rudd P.C.
  • Hawk Consultants
  • Heather Flynn
  • Identity
  • KTUU-Channel 2
  • Lynden
  • NANA Development Corporation
  • Northrim Bank
  • Parker Smith Feek
  • Penco Properties
  • Perkins Coie LLP
  • Price Gregory International, Inc.
  • Providence Health & Services Alaska
  • R & M Consultants
  • Sealaska Corporation
  • Shell
  • Southcentral Foundation
  • Spawn Ideas, Inc.
  • Swalling and Associates PC
  • Teamsters Local 959
  • University of Alaska Anchorage
  • Veronica Reem
  • Wells Fargo Bank Alaska

VIP Sponsors –

  • Betsy Baker
  • Edith Bailey
  • Kirsten Ball
  • Barbara Baugh
  • Betsy Haines
  • Karen Hunt
  • Diane Johnson Agency, Inc. – Allstate
  • Landye Bennett Blumstein LLP
  • Law Offices of Natasha Norris
  • NeighborWorks Anchorage
  • Solstice Alaska Consulting
  • Tam Agosti-Gisler
  • Veronica Reem